8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
by Robert Caisley, Eugene O'Neill Finalist and Woodward/Newman Finalist
National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
with Montana Repertory Theatre, New Jersey Repertory Company and 6th Street Playhouse
November 30 - December 16, 2012
Student Rush Tickets available!!!
$15 for students 25 and under
with valid ID, ½ hour before curtain
Directed by Ricky J. Martinez
Set Designer: Ricky J. Martinez*
Lighting Designer: Eric J. Cantrell
Sound Designer: R. Kent Wilson
Production Stage Manager: Jerry Jensen
Assistant Stage Managers: Ruben Diaz, Yolanda Montesinos
Literary Manager: Steven A. Chambers
Box Office & House Manager: Juan C. Sanchez
Photography (Publicity) Program Design: Eileen Suarez*
ALFRED - Scott Douglas Wilson
* members of Actors' Equity Association
EVA - Maria Corina Ramirez
EDUARDO - Ernesto Miyares*
MELINDA - Jessica Marion Welch
Time and Place
Eduardo’s apartment, an aritist’s loft cum living space
This disastrously comic play captures just how vicious and enviable some can be of people possessed with a natural "joie de vivre."
Notes from the Playwright
A standard feature of drama is a central protagonist possessed of an overwhelming flaw in temperament: jealously, pride, unbridled ambition,
blood lust, etc. While looking for a subject for a new play, it occurred to me that character flaws are always described as negative qualities.
So what would it be like to have a protagonist whose tragic flaw was something generally regarded as a positive thing? HAPPY grew out of this
central question. I would like to thank Jere Hodgin, Greg Johnson, Anna Dulba-Barnett, Craig Miller, SuzAnne and Gabor Barabas, Jason Loewith,
Jojo Ruf and the National New Play Network for continuing support of this project. And a very special thank you to Eileen Suarez and Ricky J.
Martinez for their boundless enthusiasm and encouragement, and for making New Theatre the home of my last three plays.
– Robert Caisley
Artist and Artistic Team
Robert Caisley’s (Playwright) Happy was a Finalist this year for both the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's New Play Conference and the Woodward/Newman Award for Drama at Bloomington Playwrights Project. His other plays include Kissing (New Theatre, Coral Gables, FL),The Lake (Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia), Good Clean Fun (Montana Actors Theatre, Missoula), The 22-Day Adagio (Mill Mountain Theatre, Roanoke, VA), Front (Sundance Playwright's Lab), Kite's Book (6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, CA), Letters to an Alien (Mad Horse Theatre, Portland, ME), Santa Fe (StageWorks/Hudson, New York, Finalist for the Heideman Award) and Winter which received its World Premiere at New Theatre in January, 2012. His play Front was published last month by Samuel French, Inc. He has just completed work on a new play, & Juliet, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Robert teaches playwriting at the University of Idaho.
Ernesto Miyares (Eduardo) is thrilled to be making his New Theatre debut with Happy. Some of his favorite roles include, Calvo in Havana Bourgeois, Mendo in Don Mendo's Revenge, Ben in The Dumb Waiter, Agustin Lara in Solamente Una Vez, Happy in Death Of A Salesman, The Mayor in The Mayor Of Zalamea, Ray in Lone Star, Kiko in Clean, Francisco in Bitter Homes and Gardens, Lord Fancourt Babberley in Charley's Aunt, Robert in Company, Adolfo in Guantanamera to name a few. He has also had a long career in film, television and opera both in New York and Los Angeles. Ernesto is a member of AEA and SAG.
Maria Corina Ramirez (Eva) is thrilled to be making her New Theatre debut. She got her B.F.A in Acting at New World School of the Arts. Her most recent theatre credits include Teatro 8's El Matrimonio de Bette y Boo (Emily), City Theatre's Shorts for Kids Tour (Shelley Dell/Mrs.Mordecai), SAH's Locos por Shakespeare (Puck), and Lab9's iFeel at the Miami MicroTheatre. She would like to thank Ricky J and the board at New Theatre for giving her the opportunity to be part of this wonderful experience.
Jessica Marion Welch (Melinda) is so thrilled to be returning to New Theatre. She was most recently seen in this season’s BOOMFROG! production of Keeping A-Breast and Baby Girl at Empire Stage. Some of her past favorite credits include: Adlaide Guys and Dolls, Woman 2 Play, Gay Wellington You Can't Take it With You, and Rabbi Jules Feinman in the Off-Broadway production of The Boychick Affair. Jessica is so grateful to Ricky J. for such an incredible opportunity. She would also like to thank her wonderful husband for being so supportive. Always.
Scott Douglas Wilson (Alfred) is excruciatingly Happy to be making his fifth appearance in two years with the good folks at New Theatre! Previous NT credits include Property Line, Winter, Henry V, and Fizz. He has worked professionally in New York City & Boston, holds an MFA in Acting from the Ohio State University (2009), and currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at the New World School for the Arts. SoFla credits include the recent critical smash The Drawer Boy (Thinking Cap Theatre), Lombardi (Mosaic Theatre), The Pillowman (Infinite Abyss 2011 Carbonell nominee, Best Actor), Billboard (State Theatre Project), and Angel Eaters (Infinite Abyss), among others. He wishes to thank the badass cast and creative team, Robert & Ricky J. for the opportunity, and his family in the sky.
Ricky J. Martinez (Director & Set Designer) is New Theatre's Artistic Director. New Theatre audiences witnessed Martinez's performance in last season’s A Bicycle Country and direction for Keeping A-Breast, Property Line, Winter, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, The Radiant, High Dive, Fizz, Raised in Captivity, Equus, The Hour of the Tiger, 26 Miles, In Development, Mauritius, The Glass Menagerie, Kissing, The Gates of Choice, The Rant, The Mission, A Nervous Smile, For Better..., and Likeness. He has also directed previous season's Melt, SinFull Heaven, Just a Kiss, Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue, Lincolnesque, Madagascar, Paradise, Day of Reckoning and the three short plays for New Theatre's annual fundraiser event, Miami Stories. In New Mexico he directed the World Premiere of La Fea by Riti Sachdeva. Some of his directorial credits in South Florida include: Bump, Retch, One More Cloudy Day, Jack, the Bitter Tears of Petra van Kant, The Stronger, and he has staged some of his own multi-media productions such as Postlude 1, .EPAR, Concerning Phaedra, Snow and ED.L for Coral Castle. Younger audiences have seen his work as director & choreographer in Captain Nemo, Narnia, Scrooge, Anne of Green Gables, Ferdinand the Bull, The Secret Garden at Actor's Playhouse and Hollywood Playhouse, the latter of which he was the Artistic Director for Imagination Theatre's for Young Audiences. He recently directed Anna in the Tropics at James Madison University and The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia. Other credits included on the Staff page.
Jerry Jensen (Production Stage Manager) is so energized to be in his second season as PSM at New Theatre. This is his second NNPN World Premiere after Edith Can Shoot Things... And Hit Them. He's also repeating with playwright Robert Caisley, having stage managed last season's Winter and directing Saving the Swanford at Miami Stories. In South Florida since 2005, he's directed at seven other theaters: The Lion in Winter, A Thousand Clowns, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Biloxi Blues, My Fair Lady, All The Great Books (Abridged), Say You Love Satan, 2 Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter's Night, The Cocktail Hour, The Dining Room, Private Lives and Rumors. Jerry's acted in over 60 shows in 9 states, most recently: 1776 and Footloose (Actors' Playhouse), Doubt (Main Street), The Normal Heart (Public), The Houseboy (Empire Stage), and The One Minute Play Festival. As Executive Director of the Wichita Center for the Arts, he oversaw the Midwest Premiers of Stephen Schwartz's Rags and Children of Eden and the World Premiere of John Caird's eventual Tony-nominated Broadway musical Jane Eyre. South Florida Theatre buffs can listen to him weekly as co-host of the internet radio show Five Minutes to Curtain on www.w4cy.com Tuesdays and Fridays at noon.